Alengrin (5382) - BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2016
As Moylan’s Old Blarney Barleywine Style Ale, bomber bought at De Caigny. Creamy, rather thick and dense, regular, lightly lacing, pale yellowish beige head over a truly beautiful coppery vermillion red, clear beer with fierce fizz rising up through the glass, sustaining the head. Rich and sweet aroma of toffee, biscuit, dried fig, gingerbread, brown rum, bitter honey, apricot, candied orange, cookies, dried ginger powder, strawberry liqueur, candied cherry, dry earth, hints of walnut shells, fried egg, grapefruit peel, brandy, hazelnut oil, amaro, raw beetroot, dried banana. Sweetish onset, lots of dried fruit, candied orange and yellow raisin with a basic, underlying sourish balance and some faint cured meat-like umami somewhere, bittering flavors already apparent in an early stage, spritzy carbo, supple oily body, slick and a bit resinous but perhaps somewhat less vinous than expected from the style, still full and creamy though, with a notably caramelly and very nutty malt middle quickly turning toasted bitter, a bitterness further reinforced with a firm dosis of hoppiness, spicy and peppery in character with subdued grapefruity notes retronasally. This hop bitterness is long-stretched and a tad tonic water-like in the end, blending in well with the bittersweet maltiness which goes down the throat smoothly. Rum-like alcohol heat is undeniable, balancing on the brink of astringency and making the ending perhaps a tad more wry than it could and should have been, a bit reminiscent of some classic bitter liqueur. Pleasant warm bittersweetness lingers in the throat for a long time after swallowing. In all, very typical American style barleywine, lots of malt fruitiness and sweetness as well as alcohol warmth, and also lots of hop bitterness. Very enjoyable sipper, though admittedly there are still more complex and refined examples in this particular league of beers. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Great taste of caramel, butterscotch, chocolate. Long lasting flavour, not too sweet. beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2016
Pours a burnt amber color with an off white head. Caramel, toffee, floral, pine, resin, toast, biscuit, fruity hop, molasses and light booze aroma and flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Molasses, toffee and booze finish. Skinnyviking (9570) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2016
50 cl. bottle. Medium high fluffy off-white head. Hazy amber body. Wineous sweet honney nuts aroma and flavor. Very hoppy. Low carbonation. Long finish. SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 24, 2016
Draft: Poured a caramel with a tan color head. Aroma is light malt. Taste was sweet sticky boozy and malt.
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2016
Bottle. Colort was a brownish amber color. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, ripe fruit, and earth/roasted. Malty, alcohol hidden. Would have liked more sweetness. Earthy and roasted cubs (10636) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2016
On tap @ the brewpub during RateBeer weekend. Reddish orange appearance with an off white head. Caramel, berry candy, and burnt sugar in the nose. High boost and quite sweet. Cough syrup, caramel, toffee, and raspberries in the flavor. No thanks. rarbring (2294) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2016
Overall: Sweet, burned toffee.Theydon_Bois (19546) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2016
Note: Bottle 650 ml at De Klomp. Reviewed 2016-04-11.
Keg at the brewpub, 01/02/16.
Rich chestnut brown with a decent beige cap.
Nose is caramel, nutty, wooded notes, airy malt, dark fruit rinds.
Taste comprises fruit cake, toffee, hazelnuts, light spice, figs.
Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, light boost in a sweet close.
Ok regulation BW if a touch pedestrian. phaleslu (10274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Draft at the brewery, served in a flight. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that settles into a ring and leaves spots of film in the glass. Notes of brown sugar, caramel, toast, and earth. Pretty straightforward. Medium-bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. One-dimensional.